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READ Your Way to Sizzle!

If you love baseball and you love to read, you need to pick up a "READ Your Way to Sizzle!" scoresheet at the library.  You can earn 2 free tickets to a Kansas City T-Bones game just by reading.  Here's how it works.  For every 20 minutes of reading you do, mark it on your scoresheet.  After you have read 2000 minutes, mail the completed form to the
T-Bones for your free tickets.  Simple as that.  Scoresheets must be returned by March 31, 2012.

This is not a library sponsored program.  We are just providing the sheets for all you baseball fans out there.  Forms may be picked up at the Children's Services desk at either Olathe library, but the completed scoresheets must be mailed to the address on the form---not returned to the library.  The sooner you start reading, the sooner you'll reach your goal of 2000 minutes.  What a great way to win free tickets to see the T-Bones play ball.  Go
T-Bones!


Very Hungry Caterpillars

Once again the Main Library and Indian Creek Branch Library have caterpillars on display in the Children's Services areas.   We have monarchs and black swallowtails.  Come see these hungry caterpillars munching away as they prepare for the process of metamorphosis. Whenever you visit the library, be sure to check to see if they've transformed into chysalises yet.  And if you're really lucky, maybe you'll catch them emerging as butterflies.

 


Summer Hours End

The library's summer hours will be ending this week.  Starting Monday, August 22 both Olathe libraries will be open the following hours:

Sunday   1:00 - 5:00
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 9:00
Friday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday 12:00 - 5:00

These hours will be in effect throughout the school year.  And don't forget that both Olathe libraries will be closed on Sunday, September 4 and Monday September 5 for the Labor Day weekend.


Easy CD Audiobooks

If you like to check out picture books, easy readers, or easy nonfiction books that come with a CD, you will notice a change taking place in the way these items are packaged.  Our easy CD audiobooks used to be packaged in hanging plastic bags that contained the book along with the CD in a jewel case.  We have just started getting rid of those plastic bags.  The books will now have the CD contained in an envelope in the back of the book, and the books will be shelved on bookshelves like regular books.  This is an on-going process so right now some audiobooks are still in hanging bags and some are on shelves.

The newly packaged books will say "CDAUDIO" on the spine.  Whenever you return these items to the library, don't forget to return the CD with the book!  Always be sure to check that the CD is securely in the evelope in the back of the book before returning.  If you have any questions, just ask at the Children's Services Desk.


Drawing Contest Winners

 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Summer Drawing Contest!

 

First Grade

1st Place - Addy Bell

2nd Place - Will Siuda

3rd Place - Sam Funk

 

Second Grade

1st Place - Nikki Lau

2nd Place - Allyson Adams

3rd Place - Kaitlyn Thompson

 

Third Grade

1st Place - Sophia Caputo

2nd Place - DaNae Estabine

3rd Place - Emily Burnett

 

Fourth Grade

1st Place - Valerie Bolton

2nd Place - LyLena Estabine

3rd Place - Anna Stovall

 

Fifth Grade

1st Place - Christine David

2nd Place - Riley Delancy

3rd Place - Simmi Rana

 

Click here to view all of the drawing contest entries.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

updownandaroundKansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual statewide, preschool reading initiative. This year during the week of November 15-19, children all across the state of Kansas will be hearing the book Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres. This fun picture book is a rollicking celebration of planting a garden and watching it grow. Library staff from the Olathe Public Library and Indian Creek Branch will be reading this book to preschoolers at daycares and preschools throughout the city of Olathe. Miss Carlotta will also be reading the book at our library storytimes that week. It's a great way to promote the importance of reading to the preschool-aged children of our state.

 

 


Homework Help

homeworkhelpDid you know Live Homework Help is available through the library's website?  Students in grades 4th through 12th can receive help in math, science, social studies or English from a live online tutor. Tutors are available every day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available for help with math and science 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday. This is a free service offered through the library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Click here to learn more and get connected now.


VHS Blowout

Beginning Thursday, September 23, all children's VHS videotapes at the Main Library will be on sale for 25¢ each or 5 for $1. This will be our rock bottom price, so if you've been waiting to stock up, now is the time. Get 'em while they last! All sales are final. DVDs are not included in this sale. All the money made from this sale will be used to buy new children's DVDs for the library collection.

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Butterflies at the Library

swallowtailcaterpillar1"Caterpillars" by Aileen Fisher

What do caterpillars do? Nothing much but chew and chew. What do caterpillars know? Nothing much but how to grow. They just eat what by and by will make them be a butterfly, But that is more than I can do however much I chew and chew.

From the poetry book Cricket in a Thicket

Stop by either Olathe library and check out our displays of caterpillars in the Children's Department. We are anxiously watching and waiting for our caterpillars to transform into beautiful butterflies. Our displays include monarchs and black swallowtails. Each time you visit the library this fall, be sure to see if the caterpillars have grown, if they have formed chrysalises, or if they have emerged as butterflies.

One Million Checkouts

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According to David M. Schwartz's book How Much Is a Million?, if one million kids stood on top of each other's shoulders, they would form a tower over  757 miles tall!   (Mt. Everest is only 5 ½ miles tall.)   How long do you think it would take to count to one million?   Would you believe 23 days?   That's right, 23 days of non-stop counting. Now imagine checking out one million items at the library!   That's how many items have been checked out  from the Olathe Public Libraries so far  this year.   Today we checked out our millionth item.   That is a lot of books, movies, CDs and games!   No wonder the library is always such a busy place.

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